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The average fixed broadband speed in the UK will double between 2016 and 2021, new estimates suggest.

According to a report by Cisco, the typical speed was 29.8Mbps in 2016. However, this is set to stand at 60.2Mbps by 2021.

The number of UK households with fibre-based connections also looks set to increase during this period.

Whereas fibre broadband accounted for 449GB of internet traffic in 2016, this could rise to 872GB in 2021.

Cisco added that the average internet user in Britain will generate 140GB of internet traffic per month in four years' time.

This compares with 54GB per user in 2016 and works out to 302GB per household.

The increase has been driven partly by a surge in online video usage both in the UK and around the world, as more and more people are using streaming services such as YouTube, Amazon Prime and NOW TV.

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